Math Tutorials Redefined in Eureka!
Are you familiar with this meme? Can you relate to it? If you agree almost to the point of no hesitation, then you’re on the right page.
It is natural for students to declare that they hate mathematics; after all, this area of subject matter is very complex and requires analytical skills. But, if I ask you if you know anyone who is good at math, there is definitely this one name of an individual that would pop in your mind. Here is the deal: that friend or acquaintance of yours is not just a geek or a natural genius or the next Math professor. In fact, Mathematical skills are neither hereditary nor in-born. The only prerequisites in being good at math are perseverance and motivation. The latter is the most important. You have to find that one thing that would drive you into studying math – it could be your will to graduate, your parents’ expectations, your dream of being a good financial analyst, or your need to pass an SAT examination to qualify for a university abroad.
Now that you have realized the need to enhance your mathematical skills, you could now move on to one of the best options to do it: getting tutorial services. In the Philippines, we have this notion that students who are being tutored are those who don’t perform well in academics. That is just nothing but a myth. As a matter of fact, the developed countries or first-world countries such as Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and the USA molded their students by instilling a culture of having to attend academies after their respective schools. The citizens of these countries recognized that there is a need to excel more than what is required given high competitions in the society. Given the need to produce more excellent individuals and the upcoming ASEAN integration in 2015, it is high time that the Filipinos embrace this culture too.
Eureka offers a lot of services and programs in the field of Mathematics:
- Elementary, High School, and College Math
- Review and training for MTAP, PMO and other Math contests
- Advance Placement programs for Math, Physics and Calculus
- College Entrance Test Review for universities (UPCAT, ACET, DLSUCET, USTET, and other CET exams)
- Scholastic Aptitude/Assessment Test Review (SAT I and SAT II).
Alan Schoenfeld (1988) describes how typical mathematics courses bring about the following beliefs:
- Belief 1: The processes of formal mathematics (e.g. 'proof') have little or nothing to do with discovery or invention. Corollary: Students fail to use information from formal mathematics when they are in 'problem-solving mode.'
- Belief 2: Students who understand the subject matter can solve assigned mathematics problems in five minutes or less. Corollary: Students stop working on a problem after just a few minutes because, if they haven't solve it, they didn't understand the material (and therefore will not solve it).
- Belief 3: Only geniuses are capable of discovering, creating, or really understanding mathematics. Corollary: Mathematics is studied passively, with students accepting what is passed down 'from above' without the expectation that they can make sense of it for themselves.
- Belief 4: One succeeds in school by performing the tasks, to the letter, as described by the teacher. Corollary: Learning is an incidental by-product to 'getting the work done'" [Schoenfeld 1988 p151]
Real problems -- in life and in higher math -- demand strategies drawn from anywhere within the full spectrum of mathematics, and often more than one of them in series. Real problems come with a motivating context and require creativity, persistence, and often more than five minutes of time. Real problems are solved by ordinary people, who care about the problem's resolution, and that resolution is usually then shared with other people in a way that requires clarity and persuasion (whether it is a solution to Fermat's theorem or the 2Q04 Sales Figures). These features are rarely true of 'school mathematics' -- so students' perception that mathematics is done to satisfy their teacher or the school board or the Educational Testing Service is quite justified
Eureka shapes the students to be prepared on examinations and to get better grades. The lessons that the students would take would build their self-esteem and confidence in taking their own endeavours and prepare them to real life challenges. After all, the teachers of Eureka stand by three ideals: leading, sharing, and inspiring.
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